Finding Tech Funding for Your Classroom
Posted by Holly Fritz-Palao on Tue, Mar 28, 2017
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We know how mind-numbing it can be to search and apply for grants and funding for your classroom. Fortunately, there are plenty of ways to get gadgets into your classroom without actually taking money out of your own pocket. We decided to make it a little bit easier by showing you some opportunities that you can take advantage of. Here is a short list of ways to receive funding for technology in your classroom:
Technology Donors Program: This program matches teachers with prospective donors. In order to participate, teachers compile a wish list of technology they want for their classroom and add the items to their classroom profile, which also includes stories and experiences. Donors can then search through the various profiles and choose to either donate funding or purchase an item from the wish list for the teacher. Each time a donor purchases an item for a school, Digital Wish gives the that particular school 2–10% cash back as aid for their next technology project. Deadline is ongoing.
Donors Choose: On this site, teachers post what they need for particular classroom projects. A donor can choose to help fund the project—when the project reaches its goal, the website sends the materials directly to the school. The program supports K-12 classrooms, as well as public charter schools, in all 50 states across America.
Grants.gov: This site gives educators the opportunity to search and apply for federal grants. On the website, the teacher can search for technology grants by plugging in a key word or clicking on the category.
THE Journal: This is a great magazine that looks at the different technologies used in K-12 schools. They publish several eNewsletters that include a grants section. Here are just a few from their most current list: